• Paterson Great Falls

    Paterson Great Falls

    National Historical Park New Jersey

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  • Take a self-guided walking tour by dialing in or downloading mill mile

    Due to a staff training, there will not be any guided tours on 8/27. Download or dial into the free mill mile walking tour. Learn more More »

  • Only one portion of the park is closed - Mary Ellen Kramer Park

    Due to a landscape improvement project, a section of the park, Mary Ellen Kramer Park, and the pedestrian bridge crossing the chasm is closed. Project may be completed early in 2015. The Great Falls can still be viewed at Overlook Park, 72 McBride Ave.

Federal Advisory Commission

The congressional legislation authorizing the establishment of Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park also provided for the establishment of a Federal Advisory Commission, composed of persons nominated by the Governor of New Jersey, the Passaic County Board and the City of Paterson. The Commission is charged with advising the National Park Service and other key agencies in creating the park's General Management Plan.

Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park's Federal Advisory Commission members include:

  • Dr. Leslie Agard Jones, former William Paterson University dean of education
  • T.J. Best, Freeholder, County of Passaic, New Jersey
  • Susan Cole, president of Montclair State University
  • Robert Guarasci, executive director, New Jersey Community Development Corp.
  • Jeffery Jones, Mayor of Paterson, New Jersey
  • Lawrence F. Kramer, former mayor and lifelong resident of Paterson
  • James Pepper, former National Park Service official
  • Thomas Rooney, former Paterson mayor and councilman
  • Leonard Zax, president of the Hamilton Partnership for Paterson

Meetings are open to the public and will be held at the Paterson Museum, located at 2 Market Street (intersection of Market and Spruce Street) in Paterson, N.J.

2014 Federal Advisory Commission Meetings:

April 10, 6:00pm – 9:00 pm Montclair State University Dickson Hall - Cohen Lounge

July 10, 2:00pm – 5:00 pm Paterson Museum 2 Market Street Paterson, NJ

October 9, 2:00pm – 5:00 pm Paterson Museum 2 Market Street Paterson, NJ

Click here for information on how to provide comments for Commission meetings.

Did You Know?

Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton, founder of Paterson, faced great opposition to his ideas for an industrial America? Many government leaders, including Thomas Jefferson, believed the new nation should base its economy, and could grow powerful, through agriculture – growing what it needed and selling the surplus.